Monday, 7 October 2013

Week in Review 6th October 2013

Street art in North Fitzroy
Open your mind! I saw some very cool street art while running through Fitzroy this week.

It's taper time! The Melbourne Marathon is this Sunday and I've cut back on my training significantly in order to rest my legs for race day. This is definitely my favourite part of training for any event. The hard work is done and now its just a matter of keeping injury free with a couple of light easy runs and carbo loading. I've even got a remedial massage scheduled in for this Wednesday. I love taper time!

Last week started with a 23km run to work on Monday morning. Not my usual start to the week but I had to make up for my missed scheduled Sunday long run after a post AFL Grand Final hangover. I must have still been suffering the effects of that hangover because I never got into my groove. With the last week before the start of daylight savings, I left home just after 6am with the Sun already up. I was planning on running 28km on a route that would take me along Merri Creek and then through North Fitzroy, Parkville, Flemington, along Moonee Ponds Creek before coming through Docklands and Southbank.

I stuck to the plan up until North Fitzroy when my upper left leg started feeling pretty sore in the ITB area. I decided to cut my run short and run directly to work rather than going through the big loop around Flemington and Docklands. It was a real struggle and at one point I was running a few hundred metres and then walking a hundred metres. Not a great start to the week really but I got there in the end.

The one positive was I got to run/walk through some pretty cool back streets in North Fitzroy and Fitzroy. I saw heaps of amazing street art and took the camera out for some photos. I will have to do more running through the inner north!

Street art in North Fitzroy
Street art in North Fitzroy.
Street art in North Fitzroy
Modern day Picasso in Fitzroy.
Street art in North Fitzroy
Scary street art in Fitzroy.

On Thursday it was time for round 4 of the Corporate Challenge series. I really struggled and after making it up Anderson Street hill and then getting fairly wet in a short downpour I actually stopped running and was tempted to pack the lap in and run back to the office. After thinking about it for half a minute I decided to keep going and finish off the lap. I managed to finish off reasonably strongly and clocked in at 16:08, my slowest lap for the season.

So all up not a great week of training. I'll be honest and say I am a little worried about how I will go this Sunday. I've had so many issues which have prevented me from running more than 30km in a single training run and I feel a little underdone. But I'm no quitter and I know my determination will help push me over the line. I have no doubt it's not going to be easy though. Look out for my race report next week to see how I get on!

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